Credit: KABC News Los Angeles

Bob Iger leaves his role as Chairman of the Board at Disney to return to his roots as a weatherman

There’s been a lot of buzz about Disney chairman Bob Iger lately.

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The 47-year veteran of ABC and The Walt Disney Company will finally, officially relinquish his last role at Disney as Chairman of the Board at the end of December. The incumbent chairperson, Susan Arnold, a Procter & Gamble-ite, will assume the role immediately after Iger steps down.

News of Iger’s post-Mickey plans has also made the headlines. Some of it has been speculatory, while other news has been about plans Iger has by his own admission, including ever truly retiring or becoming a couch potato.

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Today, however, the news is about the news. Well, the weather, anyway.

This morning, Iger visited the KABC Studios in Los Angeles, where he presented today’s weather as well as the forecast for weather in Los Angeles, which includes cool and mild temperatures, along with some rain and possible heavy rain early next week.

The usually meticulously polished Iger fumbled just a bit on his words as he gave the weather report:

“There is light rain falling across the Southland this morning, expected to get just a little bit heavier as the jay — day — progresses,” Mr. Iger said during the newscast. “However, this is just a prelude to a big storm.”

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The 70-year-old Iger was only 23 years old the last time he was forecasting the weather. Iger was an unannounced stand-in for the studios’ usual meteorologist, Leslie Lopez, and the appearance must have been somewhat nostalgic for Iger. He got his start with ABC in 1974. His job? Telling people what they guessed the weather might do that day.

During the newscast, Iger–who’s usually calm, cool, and collected–appeared somewhat rigid and stiff at first, but then he seemed to relax and even make some quips about the weather.

“Very nippy on Saturday morning by the way — 62 degrees in the Los Angeles area,” he said. “The beaches, near where I live? Ooh, 46 degrees on Saturday morning. That’s when I bike ride. I think I’m going to have to watch out for some early-morning frost!”

Maybe he just needed to warm up to one of his former roles again. No pun intended.


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!